Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek have been injured after being mobbed by fans as they visited ailing politician Bal Thackeray at his home in Mumbai.
Reports say the Bachchans suffered cuts and bruises as they made their way through a crowd of supporters who had gathered outside the house of Thackeray, the 86-year-old patriarch of the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party.
The senior Bachchan took to his Twitter account to announce that he was all right: “Balasaheb Thackeray: a fighter all his life, fights his life! Prayers needed now! Yes both Abhishek and me were injured with cuts, but are fine and back home…” Amitabh posted on his Twitter.
The 70-year-old actor also recalled how Thackeray had come to see him when he was recovering in hospital after his accident on the sets of 1983 film Coolie.
“When I was flown in to Mumbai from Bangalore in semi-conscious state after the Coolie accident, it was his ambulance that took me to Breach Candy Hospital. When I fought for my life after ‘Coolie’ accident, he came to visit me in hospital, with a cartoon he had drawn – Yamraj defeated!
“Yamraj – God of Death, defeated by me… wish I was as proficient a cartoonist as he, I would wish to draw that for him,” he said.
Amitabh said Thackeray had been like family to him and had supported him throughout his career, particularly when the actor was wrongly implicated by investigators looking into the infamous Bofors Scandal.
“When the Bofors Scandal accusations on us were at its peak, he called me home and asked, ‘tell me the truth, are you involved?’ When I said ‘No!’, he said ‘Then do not worry about anything. I am with you. You are an actor, go do what you are best at’,” he said.